May 8, 2012 § 3 Comments
There are so many cute teepee’s used in nurseries and children’s rooms and featured on blogs. You can view some of them here. I used Butterick pattern B4251 found at the fabric store. I really love the 6 sided shape and large size; it is five feet high inside. Lots of children can fit in this one. I got the outdoor canvas fabric at deep discount and along with the PVC poles, the cost of this project was somewhere around $50.This tent folds up really easily and tucks into a corner, and the kids can set it up themselves. I just don’t like the pattern though and am selling this one. A plain tea colored canvas one is in the works now, I like it lots better. Though the pictures are outside, we use it only indoors.
May 4, 2012 § 1 Comment
Hearts and maps go together so well, speaking wordlessly of the places you love or that have significance to you. There are tons of happy DIY projects with maps on pinterest. See here and here. So I got a US atlas and world atlas at Goodwill, about $2, cut out hearts of our places of birth and places we’ve lived, and put together a shadow box using one I’ve had stashed forever and a bit of blue painted artboard. It is personal and colorful and goes beautifully in a memory filled gallery.
It also makes a terrific gift!
April 20, 2012 § 2 Comments
Birds have been in vogue for a few years now though they might be on their way out. I love the bird mobiles that various creatives have made; you can see some versions here and here. There is a simple and stylish FREE pattern for making these little fabric chirpies found here on my pinterest “to make” board via spool. Instead of a mobile I made a wall installation with three bamboo poles, found at Target on clearance, and a few brackets from the hardware store. The birds are great for using up scraps and are stuffed with thrifted stuffing, so they cost almost nothing. And my guest room has a large and cheerful flock of visitors. This gallery has 30 birds and they are adhered to the bamboo with hot glue, which is sturdy but removable.
April 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Matroyshka, or russian nesting dolls, have been quite popular in recent years. Click here for innumerable images and ideas. I really liked a view of their graduating sizes, kind of like this one on my pinterest boards. So I painted a long canvas of the dolls and used features of many different prints and images to make each matroyshka unique. This picture is so quiet, there was actually tons of measuring and paper templating and pencil sketching to get the sizing right.
It hangs in our up stairs kids and guests bathroom and beams benevolence on all. Matroyshka dolls are very peaceful. The kids like to pick their favorites.
The three buttons and one flower are glued on and have dimension.
April 6, 2012 § 2 Comments
I printed a picture of it and cut apart each section to duplicate it in fabric. I grey painted a canvas for the base.
I very much love it. I am not an artist so I must carefully measure and sketch designs to get what I want.
March 30, 2012 § 2 Comments
I found an easy sewing project for little owl stuffies. I pinned it here via efemera ink. This woodsy doll can be stitched in 30 min and is easy enough for a child. I liked the result, but don’t have a reason to make a bunch of them right now. Perhaps a future party favor? It is a great one to keep in the project toolbox and a fun use for scraps.